Welcome back to 'A Sculpted Life' podcast. If you're new here then we have a whole Season 1 waiting for you on this playlist here.
If you're ready to dive into Season 2, we have a great interview for you today with Sculptor & Art Teacher Amber Geneva Erkiletian in Vermont.
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In this preview of A Sculpted Life we introduce the upcoming episodes in Season 2.
We've got some great guests coming up:
Steve Wang, Amazing Sculptor and Creature Designer who was the lead concert designer, sculptor and painter on probably one of Hollywood’s most memorable creatures ‘The Predator’, next is Amber Geneva Erkilatian a sculptor and art teacher in Vermont then Maker Zac Johnson who has worked with Weta Workshop on Power Rangers, Blade Runner 2049 and more, Glenda Bartel an Artist from Michigan, and we’ve also got more fun interviews lined up for you in Season 2.
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We have always hesitated before recommending the use of Styrofoam/Polystyrene as a sculpting core.
In the Arch project, Steven and Kim were working with straight foam as an experiment to see how it performed with Pal Tiya Premium (PTP).
Surprisingly it worked, with two significant catches.
Starting out, their concerns were straight foam is crumbly so PTP has never stuck to it. Also, that the foam would also draw the moisture out as our product cures.
They discovered that spray foam (from a can) does draw the water out, but white polystyrene foam doesn't.
By propane torching and burning back the surface of the Polystyrene, the surface shrank, fused together and became quite spiky, a perfect sticking surface for vertical climbs.
Polystyrene is still extremely messy. While cutting and trimming, the white beads got everywhere. They took a lot of trouble to make sure the beads didn't get anywhere birds could eat them.
The fumes from the burning are horribly nasty and must be done outdoors.
The spray foam is expensive and the fumes can be toxic. Use only in a well ventilated space.
Building the arch from Polystyrene only took about three hours. We suspect it would take about 4 hours to do the same with cardboard and foil.
In conclusion: Foam will work, and there will be professional applications for this technique. However, if you have a simple budget, a small studio and limited ventilation, Foil/Cardboard is still a great option.
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This sculpture is based on those lovely fertility figures from history and shows the Jade Lady in a simple Lotus yoga pose.
Pal Tiya International Co-Founder and Creative Director Kim Beaton shows us how to first draw up and make an accurate human figure, how to tint Pal Tiya Premium mix with oxides, making the armature and creating this gorgeous sculpture. The procedure we are using in this video is based on the European Art of Scagliola for imitation marble designed for indoor use.
As our product can go outdoors in any weather we are using this technique to achieve a beautiful finish for our Jade Lady.
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Creators of Pal Tiya Premium: Add water. Knead like dough. Sculpt. Place in your garden. Cures permanently stone hard. No firing. No Molds. No Kidding.